Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Garlicky Chickpea Spread on Tomato Pizza

Simple but delicious pizza.  The chickpea spread really makes this pizza over the top.  It is easily prepared with just four ingredients, chickpeas, garlic, olive oil and parmesan. It really goes well with the fresh tomatoes and basil.  It can be used as a dip also. I know when something I made is good.  It haunts me after I eat it. This pizza and the spread itself had that effect on me yesterday.

This pizza was inspired by the one I saw on the TV show, "Drive Ins, Diners and Dives"".  It was a deconstructed version with the olive oil doused on top of the pizza dough, then topped with the garlic, lots of shredded cheese, tomatillos and the chickpeas. I recreated it using red tomatoes the picture of which is below.

It was pretty but I did not fall in love with the overall taste and the chickpeas kept rolling out of the pizza.  I had to regroup and came up with an idea.  Make a spread with four of the ingredients!  Voila and it became now my favorite vegetarian pizza. The easy recipe is below.

Garlicky Chickpea Spread on Tomato Pizza


Garlicky Chickpea Spread

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas plus 2 tbsp of chickpea liquid
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Place all the ingredients in a mini food processor and pulse till smooth.

Assembling the Pizza

  • 4 4-inch tortillas
  • garlicky chickpea spread (prepared above)
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, cut into round slices
  • 16 basil leaves
  • more grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Preheat an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

For each individual pizza, Place a tortilla on a pan,  Spread two tablespoons of the garlicky chickpea spread on top of a tortilla.  Place 4 tomato slices on top.  Repeat with the other three individual pizza.  Bake for 4-5 minutes. 

Place 4 basil leaves on top of each tomato on each baked individual pizza and sprinkle more Parmesan cheese if desired before serving.

You can use any leftover garlicky chickpea spread on a cracker or with carrots or celery.

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